Ron and Libby had three children — Ron Jr., Steven and Gregory. Ron Jr. said family was extremely important to his father.
“ Every time he passed you, he said he loved you,” Ron Jr. said, “ and he didn’t just say ‘ I love you’ and then walk away. He expected you to say it back.”
Currently serving as vice president of United Bank when he died, Ron had attained an extensive network of colleagues.
Long- time friend Rob Fowler first met Ron when they were children and remembered how everyone called him “ Beanie.”
He came to know him professionally when he started work at the Bank of Covington about 20 years ago.
“ However, he was so much more than a fellow employee,” Fowler said. “ We worked together, worried together and played together.”
Fowler said many of the approximately 600 people who attended Ron’s funeral shared stories about how he helped them either obtain a loan when they had no credit, funds to go to col- lege with or when they were simply in dire straights. Fowler and Ron Jr. said Ron made loans with gut instinct based on the person’s character rather than statistics spit out by a computer.
“ What I admired about him as a good loan officer is the one’s he made that he shouldn’t have approved,” Fowler said. “ But he held you accountable and expected you to work hard.”
Anyone who knew Ron professionally or personally knew he was devoted to community service and an avid golfer. No one knew this better than his youngest brother Pete.
Growing up as the young- est in the family, Pete said Ron looked out for him the same way he looked out for his children and clients. Ron served in the Covington Rotary Club for 40 years — 30 with Pete.
During his years in Rotary, Ron served as club president and was named a Multi- Stone Paul Harris Fellow for making significant financial contributions to Rotary International efforts such as eradicating polio.
Pete said he cherishes serving in Rotary with his brother for three decades.
“ Every Tuesday we saw each other eye to eye, face to face,”